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Might Could: Relics from the Wasteland

Might Could began as a duo between Andy Tillotson and Tim McCaskey, who played their acoustic guitars in tandem during graduate school. They created some personal CDs for their own enjoyment, but didn't get serious about creating commercial music until they met up with Aaron Geller, in 2003. Luis Nasser would join later to form the core of the band. They are equally based out of Chicago, Illinois and Washington DC in the USA. The band is made up of three guitarists and a bassist and the music they deliver is instrumental acoustic and electric guitar driven music full of emotion.

Might Could has often been compared to the California Guitar Trio. They have released two critically acclaimed albums: All Intertwined, in 2005, and Wood Not, released in 2007.

Relics from the Wasteland is full of acoustic and electric guitar instrumental pieces without vocals. Vocals and lyrics would only have disturbed the rhythm of the songs.

The best tracks for me are "That's a Mal�rt", "Relapse", (with its similarity in melody to Jethro Tull's "Rocks on the Road"), "Trials of Cromulence", "The Camels Make the Rules", (especially after reading the story behind the track's name), "Crab Recess", (again for the music and the story behind the track's name), "Sarabande", and "For Ellie". However, the highlight of the album is Might Could's cover of Jethro Tull's "Songs from the Woods".

Overall, the perfect way to spend a winter night by the fire listening to warmly played guitar. Enjoy.

Track Listing:

1. That's a Mal�rt
2. Relapse
3. Forty Flights
4. Bardog
5. Trials of Cromulence
6. The camels make the Rules
7. La Hojarasca
8. Crab Recess
9. Medea's Dance of Vengeance
10. Sarabande
11. For Ellie
12. Songs from the Wood

Added: May 30th 2021
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
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Might Could: Relics from the Wasteland
Posted by Michael Popke, SoT Staff Writer on 2021-05-30 18:04:44
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With a clever band name and a cheeky Facebook “about” line -- “Might Could has three albums and an EP that you should listen to” -- this Chicago-based instrumental outfit might be more or less inactive these days. But that doesn’t make revisiting the band’s last proper album, Relics from the Wasteland, any less of a compelling experience. The comparisons to California Guitar Trio (another band worthy of “rediscovery”) make complete sense. With three guitars and a bass, this quartet serves up compelling, moody and diverse music with a sense of humor. “Bardog,” for example, not only ranks as one of the album’s most playful songs but also has a backstory detailed in the liner notes: At an open mic night, “Might Could played in front of nobody. The only attentive audience member was a dog that sat at the foot of the bar. We wrote this for our mystery canine compadre.” It’s that kind of musical mindset that makes me hope Might Could would record more music someday…

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